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The State – 03/27/24

Today’s weather forecast is predicting overcast skies with a high of 40 degrees and a low of 29 degrees.


MSU settles racial discrimination, harassment lawsuit with former police employee

Michigan State University has settled a lawsuit with Crystal Perry, a former HR administrator at MSU Department of Police and Public Safety.

Perry filed the suit in the United States Federal Court for the Western District of Michigan in February 2023, alleging rampant racial discrimination, harassment and profiling by numerous officers and supervisors during her time in the department.

The lawsuit is not ongoing and was dismissed on Feb. 15, 2024, court records show.

The lawsuit focused on an alleged lack of disciplinary action for those who discriminated against Perry by her supervisors: then-MSUPD Chief Marlon Lynch and Chief of Staff Daryl Green.

In the suit, Perry said she had already filed complaints with MSU’s Office of Institutional Equity and the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, as well as made internal complaints with MSUPD and MSU’s HR department, but that none of these actions produced a result.

After filing a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Perry received a Notice of Right to Sue, which prompted the lawsuit. She said the lawsuit was the final option to hold MSU accountable.

The suit alleged that one white employee, Captain Kennedy Parker, told her that other employees felt Perry’s position included their previous responsibilities and that she should “watch her back.” Parker also told Perry that the department should “get rid of her,” according to the suit.

Parker allegedly told Perry that employees were upset that Lynch touted Perry’s hire as a step toward achieving diversity, equity, and inclusion and that she “didn’t like the word diversity.”

After being fired, Perry applied to an HR administrator position in the MSU College of Nursing, and was offered an interview, which she accepted. However, two days after the confirmation of the interview, she was notified that her interview offer had been revoked due an MSU HR notification that her application couldn’t be considered at the time.


MSU to host its first sexual health conference

Michigan State University will host its first sexual health conference on Saturday at the MSU Union. The conference was created and organized by two MSU students aiming to create a comfortable space for education and discussion surrounding the topic of sexual health.

The conference will feature two segments, one focused on research presentations and the other will include expert panels and audience-based discussions.

The conference’s keynote speaker is Planned Parenthood of Michigan chief medical officer Sarah Wallet. Governor Gretchen Whitmer will also give a virtual speech at the event.


‘Enjoy different aspects of art’: First annual Snoopfest brings music, art to Lansing

The first annual Snoopfest music festival took place at The Fledge in Lansing this past Sunday, hosting ten bands and over 100 audience members during the show’s nearly nine-hour span.

Art vendors were also present during the festival. Four businesses were invited to sell their creations, ranging from crochet mushrooms to butterfly bracelets to sweaters resembling tapestries.


Based on original reporting by Owen McCarthy, Vivian Barrett and Willow Symonds.

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Rachel Fulton, Podcast Director/News Producer
Rachel (she/her/hers) is a junior at MSU studying Journalism with a minor in Broadcasting. She found her love for radio in high school, where she was the News Director and a DJ for 89.5 WAHS Avondale Community Radio. She has been with the Impact since her Freshman year where she has continued as the News Producer for The State podcast and now our Podcasts Director. Her love for radio turned into love for Podcasting as outside of the Impact she is the Associate Producer for Lauren LoGrasso’s award-winning podcast “Unleash Your Inner Creative.” On her free time, Rachel loves to workout, swim, and cheer on her boyfriend Zack who coaches for MSU Football. “Let me fade into flashing lights”

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